Abbott Takes “Whatever It Takes” Approach to Colony Ridge

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the state will address the Colony Ridge housing issue during a special legislative session next month. Abbott made the announcement on September 26, 2023, following a meeting with Colony Ridge residents.

It is the massive housing development north of Houston that’s become a hub for illegal immigrants and a potential strategic center for drug cartels.

“Serious concerns have been raised about what’s going on in this Colony Ridge area,” Abbott told Dana Loesch after the radio host asked about The Daily Wire’s investigation into the development. “We’re trying to put together as much information as possible so that I can add this to the special session.”

Abbott told Loesch that he has already issued subpoenas to the developers “to find out what’s going on financially,” and asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to launch a new investigation.

“We’re getting all the baseline information so we can find out exactly what we can do and what we must do. Part of it can be using current law enforcement, but part of it may require new laws,” the governor added. “Whatever it takes.”

The development, which is estimated to be roughly 60 square miles and contains tens of thousands of people, has also become a center for crime, and officials believe the Mexican cartels could use it as a launching pad in the United States.

Both Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton have suggested that the legislature is needed to address the problems stemming from Colony Ridge.
“The legislature could address this and should address this. Because right now, we don’t have a real clear path to being able to stop it,” Paxton said. “We can maybe affect the financing or the financial aspect of it to some degree but I don’t think right now the legislature has given me the authority to do anything about it.”

Other U.S. congressmen from Texas have voiced their concern about Colony Ridge. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) told The Daily Wire he also received a report on Colony Ridge that he found “highly concerning.”

“I’m not in a position to fully articulate exactly what’s happening other than it is problematic and a continuation of these wide open border policies,” Roy said.